FFA’s ‘MoanaVoices’ spreads the word on Fisheries careers for Pacific women

 9 Mar, 2017 FFA HQ Honiara SOLOMON ISLANDS – Profiles of eight Pacific women in regional, industry and national fisheries administrations are featured in a new FFA publication aimed at encouraging more women to consider the diverse range of jobs in Offshore Fisheries. (Link to MOANAVOICES magazine here)
 
From the Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, the Solomon Islands, and Tonga, those profiled in ‘MoanaVoices’ tell their stories in the first person, with a more informal magazine format to mirror the personal narratives. The publication was launched internally at FFA on International Women's Day 2017, with PDF versions available and  a preview campaign on social media underway. Print versions will form the third phase of the regional distribution for the project.
 
In a foreword by the President of the Republic of the Marshall Islands, HE Dr Hilda Heine, welcomed the initiative. “What do women bring to the decision making tables? They are very hard working. They pay attention to details. They are patient. And with that combination they are able to move the world of fisheries in the Marshall Islands forward and so I think that speaks to all, that women-- when they are involved in leadership, they can and do achieve results," she said.
 
Thanking President Heine for her endorsement and support, FFA Director General James Movick noted the “sharing of experiences and career pathways into Fisheries is a key approach to strengthening access for other women seeking to enter into this sector”.
 
“Given the reason for this work is to encourage more interest towards a gender-balance across all levels of the sector, the publication is well timed to connect with actions across the Pacific to mark International Women’s Day,” says DG Movick.
 
“As we continue to progress the Gender Framework for Fisheries, endorsed by Pacific Ministers in 2016, the voices of all women in this sector are critical to the success of this Framework- and this work is part of our efforts to support that,” says DG Movick.
 
‘MoanaVoices’ was produced with support from the GEF OFMP project, now in its second phase. The OFMP has been a FFA- implemented regional project that has delivered global milestones and leadership when it comes to management measures over the Western and Central Pacific Ocean fishery. In its second phase, worth US10m to 2019, FFA is working with the Pacific Community, SPC, Parties to the Nauru Agreement, PNA, the Pacific Islands Tuna Industry Association, PITIA, Te Vaka Moana, TVM and the Worldwide Fund for Nature, WWF, as implementing partners to the project. The UN is an executing partner to the project through UNDP and FAO --ENDS